Australian Bird Photographer of the Year

Dear Friend of the Environment,

The 2018 Australian Bird Photographer of the Year award is now open! We invite you to enter, and can’t wait to see how you encapsulate our dazzling and unique avian life.

Thank you to our sponsors, LeicaTourism NT Birding Trails, and Lake Cowal Foundation. Due to their support, we have generous cash prizes up for grabs across seven categories, including:


Our aim is not just to showcase some of Australia’s best nature and bird photographers, but also to highlight the need to improve conservation outcomes for Australia’s bird species, encourage wider interest in all Australian birds and showcase the beauty of our exceptional wildlife.

For more information on our rules, how to enter, FAQs and more, check out the Australian Bird Photographer of the Year website.


From the Award Team,
BirdLife Photography and BirdLife Australia

This award is a collaboration between BirdLife Australia and BirdLife Photography


Image Credit: Graham Cam (banner) and Georgina Steytler (enter button)

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 Did you know that tomorrow Woolies supermarkets will no longer be giving out single-use plastic bags at their checkouts nationwide? 

This is great news and will help stop billions of plastic bags every year from being used for just a few minutes and then thrown away. 

Convenience doesn’t have to cost the Earth, and while they’re handy, these bags are one of the greatest threats to ocean wildlife. Over time they break up into smaller and smaller pieces – ending up in our oceans and our marine wildlife. 

Coles will be following suit and ban their bags on 1 July. 

This is the perfect chance for us all to do a plastic audit and see where we can take steps to reduce our plastic use. 

Many types of plastic we use daily can be easily swapped out with eco-friendly options, pretty much straight away. 

Here are some simple swaps to get you started: 


What can you swap out today? 

Thank you,
Dermot O’Gorman
CEO, WWF-Australia


Healthy Land and Water logo
Welcome to the May edition of Nurture! We hope that whilst you’ve been dreaming of attending the upcoming 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards, you’ve also had time to stop and bask in some positive signs that South East Queensland is intensifying its war on plastic. Indeed, plastic pollution was a major theme of the month with Brisbane City Council announcing they will phase-out single-use plastics and the launch of our Stemming The Tide campaign! Read on for the juicy details.

2018 Awards Gala Dinner tickets on sale now

The 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards Gala Dinner is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to secure your ticket at the special early-bird price of $135 (on sale until 20 June). The prestigious gala dinner offers you a golden opportunity to recognise and celebrate South East Queensland’s environment heroes. By attending you will gain a fascinating insight into the many innovative environment projects being undertaken throughout the region and have a chance to network alongside community, government and industry leaders who share a passion to protect our environment.

Come along and enjoy drinks and canapes under the stars in King George Square and then a three-course meal beneath the backdrop of the iconic Brisbane City Hall auditorium. To really get the most out of the night, why not join with friends and colleagues and enjoy the gala dinner in style by purchasing a table of ten for $1350. Ticket sales for the gala dinner close 18 July. Don’t miss out!

Book your tickets now

Brisbane City Council ditches single-use plastics

Brisbane City Council has announced it will phase out single-use items including straws, plastic bottles and balloons from all council-sponsored events! The news is a huge boost for the environment and particularly our marine friends in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay. Well done BCC and everyone who brought awareness to the issue! Read why Healthy Land and Water CEO Julie McLellan believes this is such a crucial step in the fight against plastic pollution.
Read what Julie had to say

‘Stemming The Tide’ campaign launches

Suzette Collins and Caitlin Murphy from community group Freedom, Empowerment and Love (FEAL).
Can you feel the changing tide? In recent months, awareness of the environmental damage caused by plastic pollution has increased. To keep the conversation rolling, we’ve gone and launched ‘Stemming The Tide’, a series of feature stories showcasing the projects and initiatives aiming to clean up our oceans and waterways. First to be featured is Gold Coast environmentalists Suzette Collins and Caitlin Murphy, who are tackling cigarette butt pollution and have already collected 10,000 discarded cigarettes! Their story is inspiring. Look out for more stories on our website and Facebook page, and if you want to be featured, get in touch now.

Community project hands lifeline to rare moth

            FOCS members on-site at Peachester.                                      A restored section of Cahill’s Scrub Reserve.
How good is this! A passionate group of residents known as Friends of Cahill’s Scrub (FOCS) are working hard alongside Sunshine Coast Council on a restoration project that could eventually provide the endangered pink underwing moth an ideal breeding habitat on the Sunny Coast.
Read about their inspiring work

Shell-ebrations highlight value of SEQ’s turtles

It was World Turtle Day on May 23! In honour of our majestic marine friends, we grabbed Healthy Land and Water’s Dr Paul Maxwell and got him to explain why turtles are so important to South East Queensland’s marine ecosystems like Moreton Bay and the Great Barrier Reef. You might be surprised by what he told us!
Read more about the importance of turtles

Workshops helping graziers improve operations

Graziers walked away armed with new methods to improve their cattle operations following a free Healthy Land and Water workshop at Oaky Creek in the Scenic Rim last week. Attendees learnt all about soil health, erosion control and animal monitoring during a hands-on day hosted by cattle expert Graham Hand. It was the latest in a series of workshops aimed at teaching landholders and graziers new methods of streamlining their operations and increasing profits.
Read more about the workshops

Upcoming Workshops…

Innovation in Erosion Gully Control
Saturday 16 June 2018
9:00am – 11:00pm
Mount Forbes
FreeCome along and learn about a new material and construction method planned for installing weirs on your property. Attendees will witness the design and construction process on-site at the location of a planned weir at Mount Forbes.
Grab a ticket now
The Green Light Tour
28 June 2018Turning urban greening policy into action, the Green Light is a five-stop national tour to help build capacity in local councils by sharing the latest policy updates, best-practice case studies and up to date research on greening.

Learn more
Climbing the Little Liverpool Range
30 June 2018Come for the amazing views of Main Range National Park and stay for a comprehensive insight into the collaborative approach to conservation through sustainable agriculture and land management across the Range.

Join in
Peaks to Points Festival
14 – 29 July 2018Peaks to Points Festival is an array of events and activities focusing on important environmental and sustainability issues for South Brisbane including Ipswich, Logan and Redlands.
Learn more
It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I am letting you know of Cohen’s death.  She was found dead at the base of a tree on the morning  of the 18th May.  Dr Jon Hanger did a post mortem and her death  was due to acute toxaemia secondary to her immunodeficiency issues.  She had a strong survival instinct struggling with her health problems and wanting to survive and this showed as her body condition was the same as when she was released.  Apparently her death was sudden.  Over the previous weeks her activity levels were high, she was bright, alert and had been moving around well.  
She had been doing well in her pre release enclosure which was why she was released into the wild on the 17th April even though she had some underlying health issues  Dr Hanger said there were no oral lesions in her mouth and could not detect Candida.  Cohen was not suffering and it was likely illness occurred in the last few days.   
I have been going over everything I have done and questioned whether I did the right thing in letting her go.   Even if I could have found a way to keep her with me the outcome may have been the same.  Cohen was a gentle, beautiful  wild koala and needed to be free to be what nature intended her to be.  That doesn’t stop me from wishing things could have been different.  Cohen was a very special koala and I did so want her to have a long and happy life. 
Thanks Vanda

Vanda, was Guest Speaker at BIEPA’s November 2014 meeting.
See BIEPA News November 2014 attached for your information.
Since then, we’ve included some updates on how Vanda’s little koalas have been doing.
We also included information on how our members can support our koala carers in the incredible work they do on a daily basis.
If you are so inclined to make a donation to this work, please go to :  and follow the links to DONATIONS.